Important initiative needs better implementation
The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) is an important initiative, addressing the issue of balancing security needs while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
They are seen as genuinely filling a critical void for companies seeking guidance about managing potential risks related to their security and human rights practices, especially in countries that are often associated with conflict or alleged abuses. Adopted 10 years ago the VPs has yet, however, to develop into an effective system ensuring that all stakeholders respect human rights in their security-related activities. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee submitted a memo prior to the 10th Anniversary of the VPs on how to improve implementation.